Blue Monday is observed next on Monday, January 15th, 2024 (289 days from today).
January can be a great month for a variety of reasons, most of all a New Year has just begun that we can use to fulfill our New Year's resolutions and achieve anything of something else we have decided to focus our attention on.
However, the cold, cloudy January can also be the end of the festive season that precedes it, a season filled with scrumptious food that makes us gain the weight we've been working to lose since head. So to be fair: of all the months of the year, January can be considered the bleakest month. And that's what the people working at Sky Travel get.
History of Blue Monday
Blue Monday was created in 2005 by Sky Travel Shop, a television channel dedicated to travel programming, documentaries and advertising for travel agencies. The people who work at Sky Travel have named this day "Green Monday" and call it the saddest day of the year for many reasons.
One of Sky Travel's main claims is that Blue Monday is a date calculated from an equation. The day was originally part of a public campaign, but has since grown in popularity and shared by both supporters and opponents, and it seems it's often here to stay.
Dates change from year to year, depending on many factors, such as the weather, debt, how much time has passed since Christmas Day, how much time has passed since we failed to make decisions. New Year's heart, low motivation levels related to previous failures and the need to take action.
The formula for calculating which day is the "greenest" day of the year has been derided by many scholars as pseudoscience, because it does not use any specific units and does not seem to be particularly efficient. These people claim that there is no particular day that makes you sadder than others and that there is no formula to calculate this idea. Many people say that Blue Monday has specific symptoms, such as feeling depressed/sluggish and depressed because of the colder weather and the end of festive activities.
However, it was published under the name of Cliff Arnall, who was then an assistant professor at the Center for Lifelong Learning, a Center for Complementary Education affiliated with Cardiff University.
How to Celebrate Blue Monday
Pseudoscience or not, there's absolutely nothing wrong with looking at January with an open mind and being honest with yourself about what you can do your best to do better the rest of the year. Unsuccessful New Year resolutions are very common, so if you haven't been able to stick with them, now would be a great time to think a little bit about why this is so and do something about it. How to avoid that. Next, you can create a new solution or two and be wiser now than in the past, be successful this time around.
Think about how you manage your resolutions and if you don't set yourself up for failure immediately by creating unrealistic expectations of yourself. Have you decided to go vegan starting last January? Going vegan is a big step, and an honorable one, of course, but it's also quite challenging, especially if you've only eaten steak, yogurt, and scrambled eggs the day before.
Deciding that you're going to abruptly cut out every single animal product can be a far more sacrifice than your body is willing to make overnight, and so you could find yourself slipping within a few minute, just feel miserable because of failure. So, instead of going vegan, it might be a good idea to go vegan for a while to help your body get used to the new eating habits.
Then, after a few months, when you feel ready, it's time to take the next step. In short, take this day to re-plan your decisions so you can get them right next time.
Instead of making big New Year Resolutions, make smaller decisions that are easier to achieve. Go vegan instead of going vegan or cutting out a particular animal product. Set smaller fitness goals such as exercising for 30 minutes at least four times a week. Instead of trying to run a marathon, set smaller goals to run a certain distance on a given day.
ObservedBlue Monday has been observed the fourth Monday in January (2005 to 2007) | the third Monday in January (2008 to 2010) | the fourth Monday in January (2011) | the third Monday in January (since 2012).
Monday, January 17th, 2022
Monday, January 16th, 2023
Monday, January 15th, 2024
Monday, January 20th, 2025
Monday, January 19th, 2026
Dr. Cliff Arnall in 2004
Sky Travel in 2004